Teachers were students once, and some even got in trouble in school.
By Mia Deckman
Staff Writer

As crazy as it may seem, teachers were once young. No, they were not always the ancient relics you see before you today. And just like kids today, some of them made mistakes, which led to a detention. Those actions include carrying a hobo sack into school, blowing off curfew on a school trip to Magic Kingdom, texting a teacher, skipping class, and sticking a pencil in a heater.

HOBO SACK: Most students come into school carrying a backpack, but Social Studies teacher Mr. Laughead made an exception when he was in high school.

Mr. Laughead lost a bet with his friends the summer before his sophomore year. The consequence was that on the first day of school, he had to carry all his belongings in a bindle sack, also known as a hobo sack, which is a stick with cloth tied around the end to carry personal belongings.

       Shortly after he arrived at school, young Mr. Laughead was given a detention for carrying around a bindle sack. Believe it or not, the public school saw his bindle sack as a potential weapon, so they confiscated it for the entire day.

Later that day, Mr. Laughead had to get his lunch. “It was pretty depressing to retrieve my lunch from the office,” he recalled. “The receptionist couldn’t find my lunch at first. She told me that no lunches for a ‘Jeff Laughead’ had been dropped off. Then I reminded her my lunch was in a bindle, the bindle. “She said, ‘Oh, so you’re the one.’ ” 

       HUNG UP ON PRINCIPAL: For some, senior year is one to remember. That certainly applied to Math teacher Mr. Tischler, who received a Saturday detention in twelfth grade.

Mr. Tischler played in the orchestra and they traveled to Disney World in Florida for five days, where they were also going to perform. They stayed at one of the resorts within Disney World and could go to any of the amusement parks. But, they had a strict curfew of 9 p.m. sharp.

Mr. Tischler and his close group of friends went to Magic Kingdom one night and it was getting close to their 9 p.m. curfew. However, the park was open until midnight for them, because they were staying in one of the resorts. So they decided to stay out.

The school's principal was on the trip, and he called Mr. Tischler and his friends to tell them to get back to the hotel right away. They answered thephone and immediately hung up. They continued on their way, having fun at the park until midnight, and then they returned to their hotel.

Needless to say, when they returned late that night, the principal and chaperones were not so thrilled with them and gave them all Saturday detentions for not following curfew.              

 PENCIL IN THE HEATER: Some might say taking Spanish is fun, but English teacher Mr. Kupersmith, who sat in the back of the room during his high school Spanish class, was bored out of his mind.

One day, he was dangling his pencil over the grate of the heater and before he knew it, the pencil dropped out of his hand and fell all the way down. It hit the motor of the heater and in a matter of seconds, the heater started to make strange, loud noises. In no time flat, the teacher turned around and said, “And that’s a detention.”

This came as no surprise to Mr. Kupersmith, since the heater was now broken.                              

            TEXTED THE TEACHER: At school, the teacher-student relationship must stay strictly professional, but Building Substitute Ms. Williams broke that rule back when she attended Woodlynde.

When Ms. Williams was a student, Physical Education Teacher Mrs. Price was fine with Ms. Williams texting her, as long as it was school related.

Ms. Williams texted Mrs. Price one time, and the text was unprofessional and did not involve school. She warned Ms. Williams that if she texted her unprofessionally one more time, Ms. Williams would receive a Saturday detention.

Mrs. Price received another text from Ms. Williams, and it was again unprofessional, so Mrs. Price assigned Ms. Williams a Saturday detention. Ms. Williams had to clean out the vans, as well as the closets.

Now as co-workers, Ms. Williams and Mrs. Price can look back and laugh about the whole experience. 

            MAJOR SENIORITIS: During their last year of high school, many seniors tend to get senioritis and second grade Long Term Substitute Ms. Avampato was one of them. She and her friends wanted to skip class at their Catholic school.

So they skipped religion class to go to a smoothie place called Jamba Juice. When they returned to school, big surprise: they all received detentions.


Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in Grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language-or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.